At Rue, we’re always excited about the latest beauty trends- and finding ways to acheive the look ourselves. A few months ago, we saw a gorgeous braid on Instagram and were actually baffled as to how we could recreate it. Done by the beautiful Michaela Warner of Michaela Noelle Designs, it is the perfect laid-back look for spring. Polished, yet relaxed- our favorite combo! We were so intrigued by this seemingly difficult hairdo, we had to partner with Michaela on our first ever Rue Daily beauty tutorial! Here are the steps, but for an even more comprehensive understanding- watch the video below!

SUPPLIES: a brush or comb, curling iron to create beachy waves, elastic, and hairspray to finish it off.

TIP: Start with loose, beach waves.

Step 1: Grab a small section of hair at the top of your head and divide it into three pieces to begin a normal braid.

Step 2: Add a small section of hair into the braid from the front, as if you are starting a french braid.

Step 3: Now add a small section of hair from the crown of your head into the braid.

Step 4: Instead of adding hair to the bottom strand of the braid, divide that bottom strand into two sections, leaving one piece out of the braid and continuing the other into the braid.

Step 5: Repeat the process by adding hair to the top of the braid.

Step 6: Again, before crossing the bottom strand over into the braid, divide it into two pieces and leave out one piece from the braid. Leaving out the half of the section from the bottom strand each time is what create the “waterfall/cascade” look. Be sure to only add hair to the braid from the crown of your head so that you are creating a half circle shape with the braid.

Step 7: Once you get to the other side of your part line, start loosely braiding the rest of your hair in a diagonal direction. Secure with an elastic and loosen the braid with your hands for a more casual look.

Finish with hairspray, and let the compliments roll in! For more beauty inspiration, head to Michaela’s blog- Michaela Noelle Designs.